Ecological Studies

PEA’s staff has undertaken numerous assignments of varying scope and diversity for a variety of clients, both private and government. Projects have involved highways, minor roadways, mass transit facilities, landfills, resource recovery facilities, shopping malls, industrial buildings and centers, office complexes, major and minor residential developments (single and multi-family), water supplies, hotels and resorts, military installations, parks and other recreational facilities, government facilities and research. The following is a partial listing of major ecological studies undertaken by staff members:

  • Comprehensive Ecological Technical Reports for several Interstate Highways in New Jersey, passing through ecologically unique habitats especially wetlands but also streams and rivers and upland habitat. Projects included the I-195/295 & Rt 129/29 Intersection Complex, I-287, Triborough Road/Eisenhower Parkway, U.S. Route 24, U.S. Route 206, U.S. Route 92, U.S. Route 33, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
  • Detailed ecological impact assessments for major developments along the Hudson River Waterfront in New Jersey including ARCORP in Weehawken and West New York and Port Liberte in Jersey City. Construction supervision was also part of these projects
  • Assessment of the aquatic and terrestrial impacts associated with the proposed construction, maintenance, and operation of our nation’s waterways, resulting from dredging and dredged material disposal, year-round navigation, waterways, channelization, dam and reservoir construction and operation, as part of the National Waterways Project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • The ecological component of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study for Berry’s Creek Multi-use Development Center in the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey. The study included comprehensive field inventories of vegetation and wildlife including visual observations, trapping and sampling programs.
  • Environmental or Natural Resource Inventories for a multitude of municipalities including Saddle River and Haworth, New Jersey. The inventories included extensive field work and data synthesis from secondary sources. Inventory findings were displayed on a series of map acetate overlays that indicated sensitive environmental features.
  • Planning, design, and construction management of a multi-use recreation area (Brightwood Park, Westfield, New Jersey), carefully designed to accommodate both active and passive recreation uses. The design included interpretative nature trails and a lake designed to support fish and waterfowl.
  • Environmental Impact Statement for Sussex County, New Jersey Resource Recovery Facility and Landfill. It involved all environmental topics including Endangered or Threatened Species, mitigation of impacted habitat and enhancement of lower quality habitat.
  • Identification and delineation of wetlands for a multitude of private developers, landowners and engineering firms in New Jersey, New York State, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
  • Regulatory permits and approvals for a multitude of private and government clients, including Federal Section 404 and 10 Permits under the Federal Clean Water Act; Waterfront and Coastal Development Permits; Freshwater and Tidal Wetland Permits; New Jersey Letters of Interpretation, Letters of Exemption and Transition Area Waivers; Stream Encroachment/Riparian Permits, Pollution Discharge Elimination System (PDES) Permits, County and Local Permits/Approvals.
  • Preparation of a multitude of wetland mitigation and replacement measures and plans to compensation for project impacts, to meet regulatory agencies requirements (State, Federal and Local) for obtaining permits and approvals.
  • Ecological component of the Western and Arctic Alaska Multi-Mode Transportation Study for the Alaskan Department of Transportation.
  • Vegetation Inventory of the Wanaque Wildlife Management Area for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy.
  • Wildlife and Endangered or Threatened Species study for a multitude of development projects such as a large residential development adjacent to Moosepac Pond, Jefferson Township, New Jersey; Conover Hills Estates, Marlboro, New Jersey; Heritage Village V, Randolph, New Jersey, River Edge Marina and Condominium Development, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Weymouth Shopping Center, Weymouth, Massachusetts.